New adventure

I’ve recently switched law firms, so my contact information has changed. I’m very happy to be with Ladas & Parry LLP as part of their Chicago office. The firm has been around for over 100 years, and has a strong international presence. Here’s the link to my firm bio.

I’m excited to be part of their Digital Brands practice, as well as domestic and international trademarks and copyright issues.

The New Frontier Begins

And so it begins… ICANN is delegating its first new domains under its expansion of the gTLD system. Admittedly, these domains are in foreign languages, but that does not diminish the changing nature of these domains upon the landscape.

The four strings delegated are:
– شبكة (xn--ngbc5azd) – Arabic for “web/network”
Registry: International Domain Registry Pty. Ltd.
– онлайн (xn--80asehdb) – Cyrillic for “online”
Registry: CORE Association
– сайт (xn--80aswg) – Cyrillic for “site”
Registry: CORE Association
– 游戏(xn--unup4y) – Chinese for “game(s)”
Registry: Spring Fields, LLC

More of these domains will be coming online soon, and so trademark owners who want to protect their marks in the new domains will want to register with the Trademark Clearinghouse in order to be first in line for these new domains.

Trademark Clearinghouse, ReDigi, and More First Sale Doctrine Issues

Here’s a link to my post on the firm’s blog about the new Trademark Clearinghouse that is coming online for use with the new top level domains: http://blog.davismcgrath.com/2013/04/05/using-the-trademark-clearinghouse-for-the-new-gtlds/ I’ve been meaning to write my own post regarding the ReDigi case, but in the meantime here are links to two good ones by Venkat Balasubramani andContinue Reading

Slides from CBA Presentation on COPPA

Here are my slides from today’s presentation to the Chicago Bar Association’s Cyberlaw and Data Privacy Committee on the amendments effective July 1, 2013 to the FTC’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. Slides – Thompson – COPPA Update [PDF] The FTC’s Final Rule can be found here- FTC Final Amended COPPA Rule [PDF] For moreContinue Reading

Webinar Recordings

Here are some recent webinar recordings that I’ve done for my firm’s IP Webinar series that should be of interest to most of you: Trademarks and the Likelihood of Confusion IP Rights Enforcement in Social Media Photographers and Copyright The Right of Publicity